What David said, plus I'd look into renting, or maybe borrowing a two
axle flatbed as a possible alternative. It should be easier to
load/unload, and you'd not be pushing the load capacity on the truck.
If you look at a trailer look at renting one way and round trip, then
figure the difference in mileage not towing it empty versus paying a
(probably) considerably higher one way rate. They tend to nail you on
those, but they often don't like you taking their "local" trailers on
Whatever you do, be careful overnighting on the road. Nice toys like
you're picking up are tempting targets for thieves. I'd be tempted to
leave it crated and obliterate identifying info on the crate exterior.
Am I paranoid? You Bet!!
On Mon, May 31, 2010 at 2:24 PM, David Scheidt <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Mon, May 31, 2010 at 2:35 PM, David C. <email@example.com> wrote:
>> I should be picking up a Powermatic 180 thickness planer sometime in the
>> next month. According to the info on the web, the uncrated weight, with
>> motor, should be around 1150 pounds. I have a 2004 GMC Sierra 2WD 1/2 ton,
>> extra cab pickup with a 6 foot bed and towing package. About all it gets
>> used for these days is hauling old tools (and boards). I moved a Delta
>> table saw from Gig Harbor to Snohomish (about 100 miles) with no problems,
>> and a G4003 engine lathe with stand (about 1300 pounds total) from
>> Bellingham to Snohomish, about 85 miles, again with no problems. The catch
>> is that the PM 180 is in North Dakota, about 1100 miles away. There are
>> a few mountain ranges between here and North Dakota, a situation I didn't
>> encounter in my trips up and down I-5 to Gig Harbor and Bellingham.
>> So, the question is, should I rent a UHaul one way in N.D., or should I be
>> good to go just strapping the planer down in the truck bed? The biggest
>> drawback I can see to the trailer option (other than the added cost) is
>> it's one more thing to break down, and there are a lot of wide open spaces
>> in Montana to cross.....
> Take the truck to your mechanic, tell him what you're planning, and
> have him tell you what you need to fix first. B If the truck's in good
> shape, it shouldn't have any problems with the trip. B (though it's
> right at the capacity of the truck, which if Iremember right is about
> 1500 lbs, including the people involved.)
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